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Live, blow-by-blow updates for today’s UFC 227 preliminary card from Los Angeles, which is highlighted by a fight of the night candidate in the bantamweight division.

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Join us today on Bloody Elbow for live results, discussion, round scoring, and play-by-play as UFC 227 goes down in Los Angeles.

The main event will see UFC bantamweight champion T.J. Dillashaw taking on Cody Garbrandt in a rematch of their back-and-forth battle last year that saw Dillashaw take the title away from Garbrandt and Team Alpha Male. The co-main will see UFC flyweight champion Demetrious Johnson defend his title against Henry Cejudo, which is a rematch as well.

This post will cover the preliminary card. The featured preliminary bout goes down in the bantamweight division, with Brett Johns taking on Pedro Munhoz.

The show kicks off on Fight Pass at approximately 6:30pm ET with three fights. Things then moves to FX at 8pm ET for four more bouts, then onto the main PPV card. The full lineup and schedule follows. The main card will be covered in a separate post.

Pedro Munhoz vs. Brett Johns

Round 1 - Munhoz kicks low. And again. He lands a couple more and an uppercut. Johns steps in with a right and an uppercut attempt. He shoots in but gets nowhere. They exchange inclose. Nice counter combo from Munhoz. Munhoz with a jab. They both land hard shots. Munhoz scoops a single but can’t do anything with it. Nice right from Munhoz and he misses with a spinning kick. Johns scores wit ha right. Johns misses with a spinning elbow. Nice left sneaks through for Munhoz. Combos from Johns, but Pedro’s defense is good. Johns with a hard 1-2. He scores with a right as well. Munhoz with a hard combo. Good round. 10-9 Munhoz.

Round 2 - Johns with an early knee. Munhoz lands one right back, and a combination. Two low kicks from Munhoz. Another, and Johns’ leg is hurting. He’s changed stances. Pedro with a step-in elbow and slips to the ground. Munhoz drops Johns with a big shot. He follows up with a couple dozen punches but Johns defends well. He looks for a choke, but couldn’t get it. Tries again and the same thing happened. Johns gets up and immediately looks for his own takedown. He can’t get it, but he’s still alive in the fight. Munhoz immediately kicks the damaged leg. Another and he chops him to the floor. Johns gets back up. Left from Johns. Another one and owww that hurt. Johns stayed up, but barely. Johns with a left, and ar ight! They’re brawling! This is awesome. Uppercut! Munhoz fires back. Johns with a hrd left to the body. Munhoz with a huge head kick! The next shot drops Johns to the mat again, but Munhoz can’t finish! That was a really amazing round, folks. 10-9 Munhoz.

Round 3 - Leg kick from Munhoz. Johns is in southpaw to protect the injured leg. Munhoz misses with a head kick. Body kick from Munhoz hurt Johns. Munhoz immediately jumps a guillotine but Johns defends well. Munhoz looks for an angle in Johns’ guard. He’s in half, but can’t land much. Munhoz tries to pin an arm to land better strikes but Johns defended. They are staying on the ground for a long time. One minute to go, and Johns is up. He looks for his own takedown. Munhoz spins him around, but stays in close. Dull ending to a great fight. 10-9 and 30-27 Munhoz.

Pedro Munhoz defeated Brett Johns via unanimous decision (30-26, 29-28, 29-27)

Ricky Simon vs. Montel Jackson

Round 1 - Jackson pressing the action early. He lands a front kick. Simon clinches and pushes Jackson against the cage. Jackson separates and lands a right. Simon gets in close again. Jackson with a knee to the body and they separate. Quick left from Jackson. Simon fakes a takedown attempt, then goes for one. He picks Jackson up and slams him to the mat. He can’t keep him down though. He gets a body lock, then pulls Jackson’s legs out from underneath him. Jackson right back up though, lands a knee, and they separate with a minute to go. Simon digs to the body. Jackson with a hard left. Simon gets a takedown at the horn. 10-9 Jackson.

Round 2 - Inside leg kick from Simon. Straight right from Jackson. Simon gets a takedown, but Jackson reverses. He briefly has a good position but Simon escapes. He grabs him again and throws him to the mat. Simon up again right away. Simon pushes Jackson against the cage and lands an elbow. He can’t get a takedown though. They trade shots in close. Simon lands. Jackson misses with a head kick and Simon takes him down. He ends up on the back but has no hooks. He eventually gets one. Finally he gets the second but it’s right at the end of the round. 10-9 Simon.

Round 3 - Body kick and a 1-2 from Jackson. Simon gets a takedown. He goes to the back again but Jackson ends up on top. They get back up immediately. Jackson lands a knee ot the body and a right. He lands again and Simon circles away. He gets a takedown and goes straight to mount. Jackson gives up his back and gets flattened out. Jackson powers back to his feet. Simon staying right on him. Scoops him up, carries him a few steps, then dumps him on the mat. This dude is strong. Jackson is up but Simon keeps picking him up and putting him down. Jackson lands a late shot but that was all Simon. 10-9 and 29-28 Simon.

Ricky Simon defeated Montel Jackson via unanimous decision (30-27, 30-27, 29-28)

Ricardo Ramos vs. Kyung Ho Kang

Round 1 - Ramos with a low kick. Kang returns it. Ramos with a hard lead righ. Kang tags him with two jabs. Ramos misses with a wheel kick. Kang continues to jab. Kang with a front kick. Ramos with two rights. He opens up and Kang fires right back. They trade hard in the pocket. Kang with a body kick. Now a low kick. Ramos spins and misses. Kang shoots in but can’t put Ramos on his back. Kang back to the jab. Ramos spins but Kang ducks and takes him down. Ramos is up right away. 10-9 Kang.

Round 2 - Kang kicks the inside and outside of the leg. Ramos wit ha right over the top and he digs to the body. Kang with a pretty takedown. Kang can’t get much going on top but maintains position for a while. Ramos attacks a leg and actually secures one, but makes an adjustment and Kang slips away. Ramos ends up on top. They’re back up with just over a minute to go. Kang with two low kicks. Ramos with a slapping body kick. Ramos with a late takedown. Close. 10-9 Ramos.

Round 3 - Kang lands a left. They trade front kicks. Ramos with a nice counter right. Kang goes to the body. Slower pace here so far. Kang with two outside leg kicks. He lands a right over the top. They trade a few jabs. Kang goes back to the kicks. He lands a long left. They trade jobs again. Kang kicks the leg. Ramos is coming up short on his punches now. He shoots in for a takedown, and gets Kang to his butt, but he pops right back up. 30 seconds to go. Kang partially lands a right. Kang with two jabs and a leg kick. 10-9 and 29-28 Kang.

Ricardo Ramos defeated Kyung Ho Kang via split decision (29-28, 28-29, 29-28)

Matt Sayles vs. Sheymon Moraes

Round 1 - Sayles with a low kick. And another. He scores with a right. Moraes lands a nice knee to the body. Head kick from Moraes. Right from Moraes lands and he just misses with the left hook after it. Sayles clinches briefly. Body shot and a right cross from Moraes. Sayles misses with the counter. Two knees to the body inside from Moraes and Sayles clinches again. Sayles spins awkwardly bust steps in with a left right after. He clinches again but Moraes seems to have a strength advantage there. 10-9 Moraes.

Round 2 - Moraes with a hard body kick. Sayles scoops a leg and tries for a takedown, but Moraes fights him off. Moraes with an eyepoke, but there’s only a very brief stop in the action. Sayles with a leg kick. Step-in elbow from Moraes. That was nice. Moraes with a jab and follows it up with a four-punch combination. Another body. Body shot from Sayles. Sayles with a jab. Body kick from Moraes. Sayles with the jab. Now Moraes gets eye-poked. Like Sayles, he only takes a few seconds. Moraes lands a punch that Sayles says is another eye poke but the ref says continue. So Moraes opens up with punches. Sayles spins. Body kick from Moraes. 10-9 Moraes.

Round 3 - Sayles with a kick. Yet another eye poke from Moraes. His hand was wide open that time. The ref threatens a point deduction but says next time. Sayles with a hard right hook over the top on the restart. He sneaks a left over the top. Moraes lands a knee to the body. Moraes with a right and another step-in knee to the body. Sayles looks for a takedown and lands to the body. He’s bringing a lot of pressure now. He land another combo. Moraes looks for a takedown but can’t get anywhere. Sayles clinches. Moraes powers out with 90 seconds to go. Sayles with a counter left. Moraes with a big combo. Spinning back fist from Sayles. Now a left hook. Too little too late though to me. 10-9 Sayles but 29-28 Moraes.

Sheymon Moraes defeated Matt Sayles via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Jose Torres vs. Alex Perez

Round 1 - Perez with an early combo. Perez with a bevy of uppercuts. He’s really taking it to Torres early. Torres starting to wake up now. He lands a three-punch combo. Both land on the chin. Torres is bleeding. Hard rights from both men. This is a war now. Perez is landing a right hook pretty much at will. Low kick from PErez. They trade knees. Perez has Torres hurt with a combo. He’s all over him! Big knee! Torres lands a right even as he falls in to the cage wall. Perez opens up with another massive combo against the fence! How is Torres still standing? Wait, now he’s not. He collapses to the mat after eating three more haymakers. That was crazy!

Alex Perez defeated Jose Torres via KO (punches), 3:36 of round 1

Check out this week’s MMA Vivisection for predictions, analysis and betting odds on the each matchup.

Danielle Taylor vs. Zhang Weili

Round 1 - Outside leg kick from Zhang. Nice short left too. Body kick. They train inside leg kicks. They clinch but Zhang lands an elbow and Taylor backs off. Left jab from Zhang. Zhang with an aggressive takedown. She’s completely outmuscling Taylor here. Taylor falls back for a heel hook. Zhang kicked her away and they returned to the feet. Body kick from Zhang. Taylor with a lead right. Zhang with a side kick. Taylor wobbles Zhang with a right at the horn. 10-9 Zhang.

Round 2 - Zhang with a nice combo to start. Zhang with an inside leg kick. Taylor just misses with a counter right. Zhang scores with two lefts and an inside leg kick again. Taylor with a lead right hook. Taylor pushes Zhang as she’s off balance. Nothing comes of it though. Counter left from Taylor. Step-in combo from Zhang. Taylor with an inside leg kick. Taylor with a body shot as Zhang tries to throw a front kick. Zhang with a left, but Taylor cracks her with a right again to close out the round. 10-9 Taylor.

Round 3 - Slow start to the third. Inside leg kick from Zhang, and another. Hard combo from Zhang. Stiff counter left from Zhang. More kicks from the Chinese fighter. She’s really turning it up, landing another stiff combination. Taylor scores with a counter left. Taylor with a nice right. Zhang fires back with two punches and a low kick. They trade in close. Another exchange. Zhang misses with a spinning kick. Taylor misses with a big right. 10-9 and 29-28 Zhang.

Zhang Weili defeated Danielle Taylor via unanimous decision (29-28, 29-28, 29-28)

Marlon Vera vs. Wuliji Buren

Round 1 - Vera with a right over the top as Buren lands a couple of low kicks. Vera with his own low kick now. Front kick from Vera. He just misses with a head kick. Not much boxing so far, just all kicking. As I say that, Buren charges in with a hard right and fends off a takedown. He jumps in with another combo that ended with a hard right. Vera with two hard straight lefts. Buren clinches and lands a couple of knees. He pushes Vera against the fence and they battle for underhooks. Buren uses misdirection to get a trip takedown. He doesn’t stay in Vera’s guard though, choosing to stand up and kick his legs. 10-9 Buren.

Round 2 - Buren has a cut on top of his head somehow. Vera presses early, and avoids a lead right from Buren. Vera lands a combo and Buren grabs a leg. He gets the takedown. They stalled out there and got stood up two minutes into the round. Vera with a left and a low kick. Buren cracks him with the right. They trade kicks. Vera with a left and a jump knee. He initiates the clinch and gets his own takedown this time. He’s in side. Buren stands up. Hard knees. Vera with a body shot that sends Buren crashing to the mat. It’s over just like that.

Marlon Vera defeated Wuliji Buren via TKO (liver punch), 4:53 of round 2